David Adefeso shared a post on his social media account that managed to shock his fans. This involves a human zoo.
‘This photograph shows white tourists interacting with an African child who was part of a zoo-like “Congo village” exhibition at the Expo ’58 world’s fair in Brussels, Belgium. Human zoos, also known as ethnological expositions, were public displays of people, usually in an erroneously labeled “natural” or “primitive” state. They were most prominent during the 19th and 20th centuries,’ David began his post.
He said: ‘While human zoos had been around since the mid 1600s, they became wildely popular In the 1870s, where exhibitions of so-called “exotic populations” were displayed throughout many of Europe’s largest cites, such as Paris, Hamburg, London, Milan as well as American cities such as New York and Chicago. Sometimes, the people were displayed alongside animals and plants, to “re-create”, their “natural environment. It gave people the feeling of having traveled to these areas by witnessing the exhibits and projected western superiority.’
David continued and posted these words: ‘This particular exhibit, at the Expo ’58 in Brussels, featured a reconstructed African village populated by real people shipped over from the Belgian Congo. Ironically, members of the Congolese intelligentsia also attended the fair as invited guests of the Belgian government. Among them, reportedly, was a young political activist named Patrice Émery Lumumba.’
‘Upon returning to Africa, Lumumba helped found the Congolese National Movement, which immediately pressed for decolonization. He played a significant role in the transformation of the Congo from a colony of Belgium into an independent republic and served as the first Prime Minister of the independent Democratic Republic of the Congo (then Republic of Congo) from June until September 1960,’ he wrote.
Someone said: ‘WOW, I wonder if she’s still alive, she should be in her sixties now based on this pic. To think this wasn’t so long ago.’
A commenter posted this: ‘This is really sad , and sadly we still live in a world that is filled with racism.’